Synopses & Reviews
From the nation that gave us Victorian virtues, here is another irresistible collection of brilliant, bawdy and often absurd personal ads from the world’s funniest—and smartest—lonely-hearts column. These ads prove that even if you’re lonely, you don’t have to be boring, as advertisers in this book demand much more than long walks on the beach from their potential mates. .
Arranged by theme (“The Usual Hyperbole and a Whiff of Playful Narcissism”), and including footnotes to obscure references, Sexually I’m More of a Switzerland promises to be, like its predecessor, “a bracing splash of cold reality in the flushed face of romance” ( Chicago Tribune )..
"Though it's a bit of a one-trick pony, there may be no more addictive read published this season than Rose's second collection of personal ads from the buttoned-down literary biweekly London Review of Books. Distinctly British and amazingly (sometimes appallingly) honest, the ads roll out like a carpet of human want ready for trampling across: 'Man, 42, seeks woman to 50 to help harness the disappointment I routinely create in all my relationships'; 'Woman, 51. Not good at parties but tremendous breasts'; 'I am Mr Right! You are Miss Distinct Possibility.' Aside from a lively introduction by Rose, who manages the personals from his New York office (they were his idea), the ads are the whole book-and yet, it's enough, especially good for reading out loud to friends, and for finding inspiration when updating the online dating profile. Rose's chapter divisions, plumbed from the ads themselves ('Hubris made me pen this ad,' 'Scrimshawed from the tusk of a walrus'), aren't particularly descriptive, but his thorough footnotes make an excellent education in high-brow UK cultural references." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
'Quirky, erudite and addictively readable'. -- Elle
This sequel to "They Call Me Naughty Lola" features more hilarious and bizarre personal ads from the "London Review of Books."
Straight from British shores, here is another dose of love, or the lack of it, from the pages of the London Review of Books. The editor of They Call Me Naughty Lola has cooked up yet another irresistible collection of brilliant, bawdy and often absurd personal ads from the world's funniest, and smartest, lonely-hearts column. These ads prove that even if you're lonely, you don't have to be boring, as advertisers in this book demand much more than long walks on the beach and candlelit dinners from their potential mates.
Arranged by theme ('The Usual Hyperbole and a Whiff of Playful Narcissism'), and including footnotes to obscure references, Sexually, I'm More of a Switzerland promises to be 'a naughty treat' (Entertainment Weekly).
About the Author
David Rose works at the New York office of the LRB and divides his time between New York, Liverpool and California.